Roberts Bakery have been long term supporters of Prevent Breast Cancer and we know we wouldn’t be where we are today without their help!
In 2015-16 they carried dedicated pink packaging and messaging across five million wholemeal loaves and raised £50,000 to help fund our ground-breaking gene-based research. Click here to find out more.
Lindsay Occleston, a member of the Roberts family of bakers, tells us how they have been supporting the charity since 2010.
Roberts Bakery is a family business based in the heart of Cheshire since 1887. While we’re kept busy making delicious bread, rolls and bakery treats for the people of Cheshire and beyond, the staff are also committed to supporting good causes. In 2010, almost by accident, we happened to be introduced to Prevent Breast Cancer and several of us said what a fantastic charity it would be to support. And from there a partnership was born!
Our first fundraising event was our inaugural charity ball in September 2011. The ball attracted 250 guests, with live entertainment and dancing into the small hours. We were delighted that this first attempt raised £23,000 for Prevent Breast Cancer. It meant that Roberts Bakery was able to fund the first of a three year study into genetic variants and breast density, both of which are believed to be factors that can cause breast cancer.
So as 2012 loomed, the staff thought what shall we try this year?! This time we decided to participate in the Million Miles Challenge and get active to support the charity. After much deliberating, a group of us thought it would be a great idea to cycle from the bakery in Northwich to the base of Snowdon, then walk up the mountain to the summit (and the highest peak in England and Wales!) the following day. With the cycle and walk taking place in midsummer, the staff hoped the sun would be shining and the weather would be warm as we took on our challenge. How wrong we were! A team of 25 or so cyclists battled our way through harsh winds and constant rain to reach Snowdon and the following day, we were joined by another 20 hardy participants to walk 3500 feet into mist and driving rain.
Despite the weather, it was a weekend none of us will forget. We were absolutely over the moon to raise £15,000 for Prevent Breast Cancer and privileged to see this money go towards the PROCAS Study.
We all look forward to the day when breast cancer is consigned to history and knowing that we have played our part in helping make 1 in 9, none in 9.
To find out more information about Roberts Bakery, please click here